by Saman Indrajith
Kalutara District UPFA MP Rohitha Abeygunawardena brought in a sprat, a red onion and a green chilli to the Chamber to be displayed during his speech during the third reading stage debate on budget 2018 under the expenditure heads of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs yesterday.
Abeygunawardena said the prices of essential food items had gone through the roof and housewives found it difficult to make ends meet. Displaying a green chilli, the MP said: “A kilo of green chilli is selling at one thousand rupees. One chilli is Rs. 8.33.” Thereafter he took out a sprat and displayed it to the House saying “a 100 grams of sprats is now Rs 150. Accordingly, one sprat is Rs. 2.14.”
While the MP was displaying the sprat, Child Affairs Deputy Minister Wijayakala Maheshwaran told him something. What the deputy minister uttered was not audible as her microphone was not switched on.
The MP said: “People used to eat well during our government. Minister Wijayakala look at this sprat. It is not like you.”
The MP raised a clove of red onion, saying that 100 grams of red onion was now 50 rupees. It meant a clove of red onion was Rs 2.50. “I ask the minister to go to a Sunday fair and ascertain the truth if she already does not know the prices.”